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: to wrap (an infant) with swaddling clothes
: envelop, swathe
legs swaddled in bandages
: restrain, restrict
marriage … swaddled him in a domesticity he came to loathe— Nina Auerbach
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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
Middle English swadelen, swathelen, probably alteration of swedelen, swethelen, from swethel swaddling band, from Old English; akin to Old English swathian to swathe
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: to wrap (someone, especially a baby) tightly with a blanket, pieces of cloth, etc.
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